Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, testifies via videoconference in this screenshot from a video taken during a Senate Judicial Committee hearing titled “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election” on Facebook and Twitter regarding the Moderation of content was created on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, November 17, 2020.
Facebook removed President Donald Trump’s video on Wednesday addressing rioters in Washington.
“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate immediate action, including removing President Trump’s video,” said Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity for Facebook in a tweet. “We removed it because we felt it would help rather than reduce the risk of persistent violence.”
Twitter has also restricted a tweet containing Trump’s recorded testimony.
“This electoral fraud claim is controversial and this tweet cannot be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to the risk of violence,” the company wrote amid a tweet from Trump directing users to a page that said, “There are no clues on widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. “
In his recorded testimony, Trump falsely claims that the election was “stolen” before asking the rioters to go home. Despite the limitations, Twitter users can still reinforce Trump’s tweet by quoting tweets.
The company had previously announced that it would “take action” on any content that calls for violence in relation to the riots taking place in Washington.
“Let’s be clear: threats and calls to violence have no place on Twitter and we will enforce our guidelines accordingly,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
additionallyThe company said it would severely cut exposure with tweets marked with its label Civil Integrity PolicyThis does not allow Twitter users to use the service to manipulate or disrupt elections or other civil processes.
“We are also reviewing other escalated enforcement actions and will keep the public informed of important developments,” the company said tweeted.
Previously, Facebook said it is “actively reviewing and removing content that violates these rules”.
“The violent protests in today’s Capitol are a shame,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone in a statement. “We prohibit incitement and demand violence on our platform.”
The statements come as rioters broke through the U.S. Capitol in support of President Donald Trump and forced the legislature to evacuate.
Twitter is increasingly being asked to close the president’s account or take other extreme measures. Former Facebook Chief Security Officer Said Alex Stamos It’s time for Twitter and Facebook to cut Trump off.
“Twitter and Facebook have to cut it,” said Stamos. “There are no longer any legitimate stocks and labeling is not enough.”
“You’ve been rationalizing this terror for four years. Incitement to violent treason is not free speech. If you work in these companies, it’s up to you too. Turn it off.”
The ADL issued a statement calling on social media companies to suspend Trump’s accounts “as soon as possible”.
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